Family Law

Recent Posts in the Family Law Category

  • What Happens if a Divorce Goes to Trial?

    What Happens if a Divorce Goes to Trial? The trial is the very last step in any divorce process, which means there are plenty of opportunities to avoid trial altogether. Mediation and settlement options can help resolve the details of a divorce without presenting the case in court, but this isn’t always a viable option for every couple. You can learn about alternatives to trial here . If you and your spouse are unable to resolve your differences through a settlement, you will have to go to trial to resolve any open-ended issues in your divorce. However necessary it ...
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  • Can Agreements on Child Support be Made Outside of Court?

    Can Agreements on Child Support be Made Outside of Court? Litigation around child support issues can be prohibitively expensive in terms of legal fees. Therefore, handling child support issues outside of court can save time and money. If you and your co-parent wish to avoid a lengthy and expensive legal process, you may try to resolve your child support issues by coming to an agreed child support order outside of court and then presenting the agreement to the court for entry in order to ensure its enforceability. Most couples going through a divorce are primarily concerned about ...
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  • Filing Taxes After Divorce: What to Expect

    Filing Taxes After Divorce: What to Expect Divorce can have serious tax implications for both spouses, whether they recently filed petitions or just finalized their divorce agreement. From choosing the right tax filing status to determining which exemptions can be claimed for dependent children, there are a number of factors that need to be considered. Determining the Right Filing Status Choosing the correct filing status will depend on whether the divorce is finalized on or before December 31, which is the final day of the tax year. If the divorce was completed ...
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  • Inheritance and Divorce

    Inheritance and Divorce People contemplating or going through divorce frequently wonder which assets are subject to property division and which are not. For example, many individuals often question if an inheritance is divisible in a divorce. Inheritances Not Divided as Community Property in Divorce In most cases, inheritances are not subject to equitable distribution in a divorce since they are not considered community property. Rather, inheritances are considered separate properties, meaning an inheritance belongs to the person who received the ...
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  • What Are the Benefits of Legal Separation?

    What Are the Benefits of Legal Separation? Divorce has a heaviness to it that can be intimidating to some people who are unhappy with the condition of their marriage. To completely and permanently end a marriage (and any benefits the marriage may afford) causes many couples to hesitate, even if they no longer want to be together. If you are finding yourself in this situation, you should know that there is a “comfortable in-between” called legal separation . In Washington, legal separation is a legal action that enacts certain elements of a divorce, but does not end ...
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  • McKinley Irvin Welcomes Caitlin Royse in Everett

    McKinley Irvin Welcomes Caitlin Royse in Everett McKinley Irvin is pleased to welcome family law attorney Caitlin Royse to our Everett Office. Caitlin represents clients in all family law matters, including divorce, child support, child custody, and legal separation. She is particularly passionate about domestic violence advocacy and creating safety plans for clients in high-risk situations. Caitlin obtained her Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma and spent her final year of law school at the University of Washington as a visiting student. She has worked in ...
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  • MI Partners with SU and ROG to Provide Pro Bono Family Law Services

    MI Partners with SU and ROG to Provide Pro Bono Family Law Services McKinley Irvin is proud to share that we have partnered with Seattle University School of Law and non-profit organization, Reclaiming Our Greatness , to bring pro bono family law services to those who are unable to afford representation. The program will be part of Professor Deirdre Bowen’s Applied Family Law and Applied DVPO Practicum curricula. Under the supervision of McKinley Irvin volunteer attorneys, students will have the opportunity to work with clients from the beginning stage of their legal case through ...
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  • Evaluators and Advocates in Child Custody Cases

    Evaluators and Advocates in Child Custody Cases In a disputed child custody or parenting time (commonly known as visitation) suit, judges make decisions that have life-long effects on a child and his or her family. To ensure that judges receive complete information and are acting in the child's best interest, either the parents or the court may seek the assistance of an expert witness or child advocate. Generally, the expert witnesses are known as child custody evaluators, and the advocates for the children are known as Guardians Ad Litem (a "GAL"). Custody evaluators and ...
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